Double podium for Toyota in WEC
Nov 7, 2016 By Toyota Australia.
A double podium for Toyota in the Shanghai round of the WEC.
Toyota Gazoo Racing returned to the podium with second and third place finishes in the 6 Hours of Shanghai World Endurance Championship race at the weekend.
The #6 TS050 Hybrid of Stéphane Sarrazin, Mike Conway and Kamui Kobayashi recovered from the misfortune of two tyre punctures to earn second place and their fourth consecutive podium finish.
That result keeps them in the fight for the drivers’ World Championship, having closed the gap on their Porsche rivals to just 17 points. There are 26 points still to fight for in the final race, in Bahrain on 19 November.
Third place for Anthony Davidson, Sébastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima, their first podium of the season, keeps the team in the fight for runners-up in the manufacturers’ championship. Toyota is 15 points behind Audi with a maximum of 44 available.
After the second puncture forced an early pit stop with 80 minutes to go, Kobayashi began a charging recovery drive, moving up to third and then second. He eventually finished just 59.785 secs behind the winning #1 Porsche.
Davidson followed 6.253 secs later to secure Toyota’s first double podium since Shanghai in 2014.
Team president Toshio Sato said the team’s double podium was pleasing, but the focus was now on the last race in Bahrain.
“We want to maintain our strong performance and fight for the win again,” he said.
Sarrazin said the weekend showed the #6 car is very fast, but it was unlucky with the punctures.
“We’re still in the fight for the World Championship; 17 points is not easy but our car is quick and we will keep pushing,” he said.